Sam Deduno got his first crack at a starting gig on Tuesday and it didn’t quite go as planned for him. Deduno pitched five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits. Deduno also had a balk during the game for his third balk of the year.
The Indians scored two runs in the first and another two in the second inning. The most exciting run on the day for the Indians was on an error by first baseman Chris Colabello. A groundball came to Colabello and Colabello did his best Bill Buckner impression and let the ball go right through his legs that allowed a run to score.
Colabello did his best to redeem himself with a solo homer in the seventh inning. Eduardo Escobar stayed hot with an RBI-double in the ninth inning, but that was all the Twins could muster falling to the Indians 4-2.
The real bright news for the Twins is that Logan Darnell made his major league debut out of the bullpen and pitched three innings of perfect baseball. He threw 33 pitches with 21 of them being strikes.
The good outing by Darnell has made us all wonder if Deduno, a mere one start into his rotation bid, will be swapped back to the bullpen for Darnell. Stay tuned to find out about that.
The Twins and Indians play again on Wednesday.